Prof. Mariama Awumbila

Professor Mariama Awumbila holds a Ph.D. (Geography) from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, and teaches at the Department of Geography and Resource Development, and also at the Centre for Migration Studies, both at the University of Ghana. From 2006 to 2013, as founding Director, she nurtured the establishment of the Centre for Migration Studies into a full-fledged University Centre, undertaking extensive migration research, teaching and capacity building, and extension services. She has provided consultancy and extension services for several international and national agencies and civil society organizations. She was the Ghana Director of the DFID funded “Migrating Out of Poverty Research programme Consortium” from 2010 to 2019 and the Lead Consultant for the development of a national migration policy for Ghana among others. She has served on several professional and national governing boards including the IUSSP Scientific Panel on International Migration, and at the national level, the Ghana Inter-Ministerial Steering Committee on Migration, the Ghana Statistical Service Board, the National Council for Tertiary Education, and World Vision Ghana Advisory Board among others. She currently Chairs the National Working Group for the establishment of a Ghana National Migration Commission.

List of recent publications

  • Awumbila, M. (2009) "Who Gains, Who is Drained? From Worst Cases to Best Practices".Dossier on Migration and Development. www.migration.boel.de
  • Zoomers,A., Rivera-Salgado, G., Asis,M., Piper, N., Raghuram, P., Awumbila, M.,Manuh, T., and Schapendonk, J. (2009) "Migration in a Globalizing World: Knowledge,Migration, and Development" In Henk Molenaar, Awumbila, Louk Box and Rutger Engelhard (eds) Knowledge on the Move: Emerging Agendas for Development-oriented Research. Leiden: International Development Publications.
  • Awumbila, M.; Manuh, T.; Quartey, P.; Tagoe, C. Antwi Bosiakoh, T. (2009); Migration Country Paper (Ghana). Technical Paper prepared as part of the African Perspectives on Human Mobility Programme, International Migration Institute, Oxford University www.imi.ox.ac.uk
  • Awumbila, M., & Ardayfio-Schandorf, E. (2008). Gendered poverty, migration, and livelihood strategies of female porters in Accra, Ghana. Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift, 62(3), 171-179.
  • Awumbila, M. (2007). Challenging contexts: Gender studies and geography in anglophone African countries. BELGEO, (3), 261-274.
  • Awumbila, M. (2007). Gender and geography in Africa: Developments, challenges, and trajectories for the future. Documents d'Analisi Geografica, (49), 43-56.
  • Awumbila, M. (2006). Gender equality and poverty in ghana: Implications for poverty reduction strategies. GeoJournal, 67(2), 149-161
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